Chris Avallone is a litigator that represents a diverse group of clients in complex civil lawsuits, governmental investigations, and appeals. Chris is experienced in all aspects of litigation—seeking early resolution through pre-suit negotiation, filing or responding to complaints, conducting discovery efficiently, briefing pre and post-trial issues, working with experts, trying cases, and pursuing or defending appeals. Whether drafting a complaint, writing a brief, or positioning a case for settlement, Chris uses his strong writing skills and “big-picture” mentality to make complex facts understandable and tell his client’s story.
- Representing minority shareholder of multiple companies in lawsuit against majority shareholders, alleging direct and derivative claims based on breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate waste, and shareholder oppression.
- Defending insurance company in state and federal class actions and federal multidistrict proceeding arising out of COVID-19.
- Defending multiple health care providers in class actions alleging that the providers charged excessive fees for health care records.
- Defending medical billing service in complex contractual dispute with health care provider.
- Representing county in the court of appeals as it defends circuit court judgment dismissing challenge to county’s sales and use tax ordinance.
- Representing municipality in dispute arising out of PFAS contamination by a third-party.
- Representing organic farm in case arising out of unauthorized pesticide application.
Representative Appellate Litigation:
- Successfully petitioned court of appeals to review non-final decision by circuit court in Chapter 128 proceeding that erroneously asserted personal jurisdiction over client.
- Successfully represented county’s board of adjustment’s decision in appeal challenging circuit court ruling that affirmed decision granting lawful nonconforming use status to gravel pit.
- Successfully represented bank in appeal to the Seventh Circuit in case arising out of residential foreclosure.
- Successfully defended circuit court decision dismissing guardianship action against client and granting her motion for attorneys’ fees.
- Represented municipal fire and police commission in action by terminated officer seeking backpay and alleging procedural irregularities.
- Represented auto manufacturer in appeal in Lemon Law action.
In addition to his complex litigation practice, Chris is active in the community and pro bono activities. Recently, Chris represented a prisoner in a federal civil rights action and negotiated a favorable settlement after conducting targeted discovery and deposing several witnesses. He also regularly represents tenants in eviction actions through Legal Action’s Eviction Defense Project. Chris is a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, and the Fairchild Inns of Court. Finally, Chris serves on the Board of Directors for Project Return.
Before joining von Briesen, Chris served as a law clerk to Justice Shirley Abrahamson of The Wisconsin Supreme Court. He graduated Order of the Coif from University of Wisconsin Law School. During School, Chris served as a judicial extern to U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb. He also completed internships with United States Department of Interior, Office of the Solicitor and the University of Wisconsin Law School Consumer Law Litigation Clinic. Chris served as a research assistant to Professors Miriam Seifter and Steph Tai performing research on state and federal regulatory agencies.